There are two plugins I consider essential:
- Stop Spammers
There are a few others I usually install, but those are the basic ones. Are they the best? I don’t know. I welcome your suggestions.
Here are some I install almost always:
- Black Studio TinyMCE
- Fantastic Copyright Free
- WP Realtime Sitemap
- WordPress Jetpack
Again, I welcome your suggestions.
Some people don’t like WordPress Jetpack. I’ll post some reasons for using and suggest how to use it.
I don’t claim to be an expert on plugins. One thing I do know, it should be much easier to install a set of plugins across multiple installations.